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Restaurants open on Thanksgiving and meals to go 2021

Not everyone opts for the traditional large family setting for Thanksgiving dinner, as some prefer to go out for the big meal. If you’re planning on skipping all the cooking and dish-cleaning this year and looking for places to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner on the go, we’ve got you covered with a list of Wichita restaurants open on Thanksgiving.

We advise you call ahead and ask about making reservations, as many of these opportunities will likely fill up quickly between now and Thanksgiving.

Admittedly, some of the Thanksgiving buffets stray pretty far from our definition of “cheap.” A few are definitely splurges, but they’ll free up your time and energy for more fun with your family.

Restaurants open on Thanksgiving Day in Wichita

Check back on this post; we will continue to update it between now and Thanksgiving as we hear about new options.

6S Steakhouse will be open all day on Thanksgiving (from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) with a classic buffet of both traditional Thanksgiving favorites and favorite 6S menu items. Adult buffet is $36 per person, and $16 per child 8 years old and younger. Call (316) 631-6667 or go to their website to reserve your seat. 

Bagatelle will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. with their regular menu available. Check out their pre-cooked menu, too. 

Caesar’s Table — It’s the Thanksgiving buffet families dream about, a favorite with many residents. The menu will be traditional, but patrons know they can count on some delightful surprises, too.  The downtown Wichita restaurant is serving from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. but they encourage you to call ahead for reservations (316) 946-5879. Prices will be $18.95 for adults and $8.95 per child. Kids 6 and under eat free. 

Chicken N Pickle – Thanksgiving to-go special is $120 and feeds 4. Pick up on Wednesday, Nov. 24. You have two main course options, two saled options, three sides, rolls, and a pie. 

Cracker Barrel On Thanksgiving Day, Cracker Barrel will serve a special in-store Thanksgiving meal from 11 a.m. to close. This traditional homestyle turkey ‘n dressing meal comes complete with turkey, gravy, a sampling of sugar-cured ham, sweet potato casserole, cranberry relish, choice of a country side, a refillable beverage, buttermilk biscuits or corn muffins, and a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert. This bountiful feast is available for $12.99 ($7.99 for children). Cracker Barrel also has a heat ‘n serve option we’ve listed in a separate section below.

Denny’s The famous breakfast chain will be open all day on Thanksgiving. You can enjoy the turkey and dressing dinner (includes carved turkey breast, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, two sides, and dinner bread), or you pick from the regular menu options. 

Golden Corral  As you might expect, their buffet will include everyone’s favorites: carved turkey, fried chicken, rotisserie chicken, ham, meatloaf, and much more. The price will be a little higher on Thanksgiving Day than it normally is.

IHOP will be open on Thanksgiving as well, regular hours. No special menu, but one of the offerings is a turkey meal. 

Village Inn will be open from 6 am to 2 pm on Thanksgiving.

Vora Restaurant European is serving a brunch buffet from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., and reservations are highly encouraged. The cost is $28 per adult and $12 for kids ages 4 to 11. In addition the a traditional turkey carving, they will have prime rib accompanies by exactly what you expect at brunch: omelettes bagel and lox, biscuits and gravy, sausage, bacon, cheesy eggs. Add in a scoop of stuffing, green beans, homestyle mash, shrimp tortellini, a salad bar and desserts and you won’t need to eat again for a week. Phone number is (316) 977-9277.

Pre-Cooked Thanksgiving Dinners

If you were wondering where to find fully cooked Thanksgiving dinners in Wichita to order ahead, we have listed here the ones we know of. Be sure to check when these need to be ordered by!

Bagatelle Bakery is offering a family turkey dinner that feeds 8-10 and includes a roasted whole turkey, stuffing, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, rolls and a choice of pie. (Are you ready for this list? Pumpkin, spice fresh apple, lemon meringue, chocolate cream pie, coconut cream pie, pecan, and apple sour cream). The price is $109.98, and reservations will be taken until one week before Thanksgiving (November 18). The dinner can be picked up the day before Thanksgiving from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or during regular restaurant hours on Thanksgiving itself. Call (316) 684-5662 to place your order. 

The Belmont’s Thanksgiving offerings include roast turkey with gravy, honey glazed ham, and traditional sides for $27 per person. You can order cinnamon rolls to take and bake at $38 for 6 people or $70 for 12 people. Order online at thebelmontks.com or call (316) 477-3555.

Cracker Barrel is offering a Heat n’ Serve Holiday Family Meal To-Go can be picked up beginning on Saturday, November 21 through Sunday, November 29. The hassle-free holiday meal serves up to 10 and costs around $139. (Price might vary depending on location.) If you’re interested in ordering your own Thanksgiving feast, go to crackerbarrel.com/thanksgiving to see what’s included. 

Dillons is a go-to choice for Thanksgiving dinner. Their delicious options include just about every traditional, classic dish you could want.  The prices are great too. A Home Chef boneless turkey dinner that serves 4-6 is only $60, a prime rib bundle that serves 6-8 is $85. You can order extra sides a la carte as well. And you can order online, so it’s even more convenient than it used to be. 

Elderslie Farm has a Thanksgiving family meal for four to pickup on Nov. 23 or 24. It includes a half-turkey, stuffing, dinner rolls, green salad, cranberry mostarda, brussels sprouts, carrot and pumpkin pie for $150. You could also choose a charcuterie for $48, Black Friday brunch for $88, or wine. You can order it at Open Table here

Golden Corral in Wichita has your Thanksgiving covered. Order a meal that includes your choice of a whole roasted or smoked turkey, holiday spiced ham, or fried chicken (12 or 24 pieces.) This meal also includes, mashed potatoes and gravy, choice of homestyle sides, whole pumpkin or pecan pie, and their famous yeast rolls with honey butter. Price varies. 72-hour notice required; order by November 22 for “Thanksgiving Eve” pickup. 

Hog Wild offers 3 options for your convenience. You can purchase a whole cooked turkey (about 12 lbs) for $40, a whole cooked boneless ham (approx. 4.5 lbs) for $40, or a complete Thanksgiving dinner including all the fixin’s for $99. Call (316) 613-2444—they will take orders until turkey supplies run out. For more information, check their Facebook page. 

Newport Grill is taking orders for a Thanksgiving TOGO Special. Available for pickup on Thanksgiving day, the meal includes choice of one entree (turkey, salmon, or beef tenderloin), butternut squash soup OR Caesar salad, traditional Thanksgiving sides, and your choice of pumpkin or pecan pie. You can order dinner to serve 2 or 4 people; prices range from $80 to $190. Add on cocktails or wine for an additional fee.

Spears Restaurant & Pie Shop is making Thanksgiving safe and easy with a Thanksgiving Family Feast to Go. All meals that serve 8 to 10 people include your choice of meat,  homestyle mashed potatoes, giblet gravy, green beans, fresh tossed salad with ranch dressing, fresh-baked rolls, and two whole pies (we’d pick pumpkin, for sure). Order ahead by calling (316) 943-2783. Go here to order online

Stroud’s family packs may be your gang’s answer to Thanksgiving dinner this year! This to-go meal centers around chicken, with classic Thanksgiving sides. Call Stroud’s at (316) 838-2454 to pre-order the Family Pack that feeds four  ($54.99) or The Big Feast, which feeds up to 12 ($139.99) For more information.

Doo-Dah Diner is closed on Thanksgiving, but they are again offering is offering a heat and serve Thanksgiving dinner that feeds two. They offer your choice of turkey, ham, or both, and all the fixings! This heat and serve meal costs $40. Orders must be placed online at www.doodahdiner.com; order under the Carry Out tab. They will take orders until they sell out. 

The Fusion Restaurant is offering a take and bake Thanksgiving meal this year. The meal includes a whole turkey and all of the classic sides including a pie. The meal feeds 10 people and costs $160. Order by November 19. Call (316) 558-5311 to order and schedule a pick-up.

Sprouts Farmers Market will have fully-cooked meals for 6 to 8 people include an all-natural turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, creamed kale & spinach, home-style gravy, cranberry sauce and French brioche petite rolls, $79.99. There’s also a roasted boneless turkey dinner  for 2 with turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and rolls for $39.99 or a ham dinner, beef rib roast or  vegan option for those who don’t want to cry fowl. .Order online at Sprouts website or call 888-5-SPROUT. +

Whole Foods Market in Wichita has whole turkey dinners to go, including a vegan option (serves 2) that is under $40. A classic roast turkey dinner for 4 starts at around $75 and goes up from there. (The feast for 12 may seem high at $189.99, but it breaks down to a very reasonable $15 per person.) Find out more on the Whole Foods Wichita website


Do you know of any restaurants open on Thanksgiving day in Wichita that I’ve missed? Please let me know in the comments section below or email me. 

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